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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Epiphany V
Isaiah 40:21–31; 1 Corinthians 9:16–23; Mark 1:29–39
Scripture readings for next Sunday – Last Sunday after Epiphany
2 Kings 2:1–12; 2 Corinthians 4:3–6; Mark 9:2–9
Our Parish Community
** Willan 50 Concert: Friday, 16 February 2018, 8.00 pm. Pay what you can at the door. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Healey Willan. Put it in your calendars! We need front-of-house volunteers for the concert – if you can help out, please speak to Father David.
** Annual Vestry Meeting! Sunday, 25 February. Said Mass at 8.00 am and Solemn Parish Mass at 10.00 am, with the Vestry Meeting to follow. Everyone is invited to attend – everyone. (In order to vote, you need to be sixteen years old, a member of SMM for at least three months, and have attended a service three times in the last year.) We urge all members of SMM to attend this meeting and have your voice in our life of our parish. We want to hear from you! We need finger food! If you can bring room-temperature nibbles to sustain us through the discussion, we would be very grateful. Please speak to Lynn Singer or Viola Lang if you have any questions about food, or email email@example.com
Vestry Reports: Our annual Vestry Meeting will take place on Sunday, 25 February. Anyone submitting a report to Vestry is asked to please give it to the Parish Office by Monday, 12 February, so that we have time to assemble the Vestry Package. Please see the back page of these announcements for the Social Justice Vestry Motion for 2018.
Tuesday 13 February, 5.45–7.00 pm – Pancake Dinner! An all-you-can-eat pancake dinner the night before Lent. A small cost for dinner will be charged at the door. All ages welcome! The night will include a bonfire as we prepare ashes for our Ash Wednesday services. Dinner will start being served at 5.45 so that we can invite the kids from ACTE (who use the basement on Tuesdays). Mass will be at 6.00 pm, and palms will be burnt at 6.30, after which we can all go for more pancakes!
Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, 14 February: Said Mass at 7.15 am & 10.00 am; Penitential Rite & Solemn Mass at 6.00 pm. The imposition of ashes will take place at all masses. Please bring in your palms from last year and place them in the basket at the back of the church. They will be used to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Ashes to Go: We will, once again, take ashes “to the streets” on Ash Wednesday, 14 February, first, from 8.00–9.00 am in front of the church, as students and parents walk to school; then from 12.00 noon–1.00 pm at the corner of College & Euclid. We will offer prayer and the imposition of ashes on the forehead of anyone who desires it. We need at least two other people at both times to help provide a friendly presence. Will you join us? Please let Fr David know. For more information, see www.ashestogo.org.
The Choirs of SMM are holding a reunion on 18 February 2018 as part of the Willan 50 celebrations. They will sing Evensong & Benediction at 4.30 after rehearsing in advance with Giles Bryant. All parishioners are invited to attend. Choristers can register at Eventbrite/SMM Chorister Reunion (no charge) to help us prepare. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spiritual Growth for Adults
RESCHEDULED! – Liturgy Moments: Our next Liturgy Moment (a brief talk on some aspect of liturgy or religious practice) will take place on Sunday, 11 February. Topic: The Eucharistic Prayer (or Canon) is the prayer that the celebrant prays at every mass which includes the narrative of the Last Supper. At SMM we use a variety of eucharistic prayers. Come to find out more about the history, structure, and meaning of these prayers.
“Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”: Wednesday evenings, beginning 21 February, 6.30–9.00 pm, at St Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Avenue. A six-week Lenten series of prayer and reflection on the Gospel of John, let by Bishop Jenny Andison. Begins with a light meal and ends with Compline. Free-will offering. Register at https://www.toronto.anglican.ca/about-the-diocese/area-bishops/york-credit-valley-2/ycv_events/
The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. We are currently reading The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please contact Fr David.
Ecotheology Book Club: Come and explore creation as the primary revelation of God, and learn how our new understanding of the origins of life shapes our moral response to the natural world. We’ll begin by reading the first five chapters of Journey of the Universe by Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker (available at amazon.ca), as well as a short online response. Meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning 20 February, 7.00–8.30 pm. For more information, please contact Carole Giangrande (email@example.com) or Brian Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Centering Prayer Group: Join us every Thursday from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm to learn and practice this form of Christian meditation. We gather for prayer in the lounge at 6.00 pm, followed by discussion. In Lentwe are reading The Cloud of Unknowing, translated by Ira Progoff. Anyone is welcome to join – we will give support for prayer practice and the text. For more information please speak with Mary Catherine Doyle.
** LAST CALL – Lenten Retreat: The annual Lenten Retreat at St John’s Convent will be held from 4.00 pm on Friday, 9 March, until 2.00 pm on Sunday, 11 March. The retreat will be led by Sister Elizabeth, the Reverend Mother of the Sisterhood of St John the Divine. The cost this year will be $220.00 per person, which includes simple accommodation and meals. There are thirteen spots available. If you would like to reserve your spot, please provide a $75.00 non-refundable deposit to Fr David with cash or a cheque payable to “SMM Discretionary Fund” (subsidies are available). For more information, please speak with Fr David by Monday, 5 February!
Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth
** Lent I – 18 February, All Ages Mass. We will be starting Lent off with an All-Ages mass at 9.30am. The theme of the day will be Noah’s ark – please bring an animal (toy animals preferred) to place by our ark during the service.
Epiphany Faith at Home: “Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home and lives. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions. Chalk was blessed at Saturday’s Epiphany Mass and can be found at the back of the church. How to Chalk One’s Home: A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway, 20 + C + M + B + 18. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and 20 and 18 indicate the year.
Sunday School in Epiphany: Epiphany marks the beginning of the season of manifestation or recognition. The event we recognize at Epiphany is the Magi’s visit, but throughout this season we will also hear stories of Jesus’ baptism, many healing stories, and his transfiguration. In Sunday school we will be focusing on the Gospel stories each Sunday as we seek to better recognize and understand Jesus and his mission in the world.
Wednesday, 14 February, 8.30–5.30 pm – Ash Wednesday Exploration Day at St James Cathedral. Children 6+ are invited to join Mother Jennifer at the Cathedral for a day of exploring the themes of reconciliation through engaging educational activities. Children can be dropped off at St Mary Magdalene’s at 8.30 am. We will travel to the Cathedral via TTC; aftercare will be offered at SMM until 5.30 pm.
Outreach & Social Justice
Community Dinner Outreach: Our next Dinner will be on Friday, 23 February, at St Thomas’, Huron Street.If you can help with rich comfort food like scalloped potatoes, chicken, ham, or beef, vegetarian dishes, and casseroles, or with set up or clean up, please contact Brian Clarke at email@example.com or Joan Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial contributions are always welcomed. Please mark “Community Dinner” on your envelope.
O’Neill Centre Nursing Home: Our ministry at the O’Neill Centre continues Tuesday, 27 February, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please speak to Fr David.
** We are delighted to announce that both Abed (our Iraqi refugee who arrived in June 2016) and the Al Dirinis (our Syrian refugee family who arrived at the end of November) are settled into their long-term apartments and have had their basic needs met. There are still a handful of items that they could use, as follows:
- an easy chair
For the Al Dirinis
- a desk (for adults)
- a round living room carpet (8’ diameter)
- a small love seat
- a small carpet for the children’s room a small mirror for the living room
- a coffee table
- a desk lamp
- 1–2 easy chairs
- a small table and chairs
If anyone has any of the above to spare, we’d gratefully accept them and arrange for their transportation.
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